SANFORD - The Sanford High School athletic department released the names of the coaches for the spring sports season recently.

Shane O'Connell is the new coach of the Spartan varsity baseball team and Mike Bailey returns as coach of the varsity softball team. Kevin Way is once again coaching the boys track team and Steve Walker returns to his role as the coach of the girls varsity track team. Both varsity tennis coaches are also back, Rossie Kearson with the boys team and Lisa Velandry back with the girls varsity team. Diana Walker is also back as the girls lacrosse coach and Nate McLellan will coach the boys lacrosse team.

Lacrosse teams' schedules

The girls lacrosse team will open the season on April 24 with a game at Noble followed by a game at Edward Little on April 27. After hosting North Yarmouth Academy on April 30 the Spartans will host Portland on May 2 at 4:30 p.m., then travel to Bonny Eagle on May 8.

Sanford will play at Boothbay on May 11 before hosting Noble on May 14 and Cheverus on May 16. They will travel to Wells on May 20 and play at South Portland on May 25. The May schedule ends with a game at Deering on May 28 and a game at Westbrook on May 30.

The Spartan boys lacrosse team will open the season at home on April 12 then travel to Windham on April 22, to Gorham on April 24 and to Scarborough on April 26.

The squad will host Noble on May 1 followed by a home game against Kennebunk on May 3, and a home game against South Portland on May 15. On May 17 the Spartans will play at Bonny Eagle then travel to Cheverus on May 22. They will host Falmouth on May 24, travel to Marshwood on May 29 then host Massabesic on May 31.

Sanford Mainers home opener set

SANFORD - The Sanford Mainers baseball home opener is scheduled to be played on Friday, June 7 against the defending league champion Valley Blue Sox it was announced Monday. The first regular season game will be played on Wednesday, June 5 at North Adams against the Steeple Cats. The Mainers also announced that they will have a June weekend family schedule with the Mainers having home games on each Friday of the month including including two Saturday games.

Season tickets are now on sale and can be purchased on line at